AIPAC: Panel Supports Israel

Participants in panel discussion at AIPAC conference say foreign policy, particularly toward Israel, will be at heart of 2012 U.S. election.

Elad Benari and Fern Sidman, INN NY Correspondent , | updated: 2:16 AM

Ari Fleischer
Ari Fleischer
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Fern Sidman, INN NY Correspondent, is reporting from Washington:

A special panel discussion took place on Sunday at the annual AIPAC conference in Washington, DC. Participants in the panel were Ari Fleischer, who served as White House Press Secretary to former U.S. President George W. Bush, Ralph Reed, political activist and president of Century Strategies, and CNN commentator Paul Begala.

Begala said during the discussion that while the economy will be a major issue in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, Americans should also ensure that national security is a top priority, and that means continued support for Israel.

Reed, who noted the fact that he is an evangelical Christian who is extremely pro-Israel, said that not every Israel supporter is Jewish and praised Israel for its loyalty to the U.S. and its long time stability. Referring to President Barack Obama’s earlier speech at the conference, Reed said that he waits for the day when a U.S. administration does not have to clarify its position on Israel.

Fleischer said that the security of the land of the Israel is what is in his heart and noted that foreign policy will be a large factor in the next presidential race. He added that if the Democrats win the Jewish vote in the 2012 election, three to one, that would mean a Republican victory.